Monday, November 28, 2022

Mince Pie Fest 2022: Waitrose Unessentials

Look, yesterday was (mostly) a joke and I don't have it in for Waitrose. I say this because of what's to follow, and I don't want people thinking it's some vendetta against the poshos or something.

Eat the rich, they say, well go ahead, but don't eat their mince pies. For reasons beyond my working class comprehension, these are even worse than the cheap and not-so-cheerful pies from yesterday. The pastry is dreadful; crunchy, and with a thick coat of chunky granulated sugar, the texture is like eating glass. Or so I'd imagine.

The filling is fruity but has a dull, musty flavour with no citrus or alcohol to give it a bit of interest. It sort of tastes purple-grey, like a depressed grandma.

These are dreadful mince pies. 1.5 out of 5.

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  1. You've intrigued me with the Waitrose commentary. I'm wondering if we have an analog here in the States. My first thought was Whole Foods (which my brother-in-law used to refer to as Whole Paycheck Foods, harharhar)...and by googling them together, it looks like that isn't an uncommon association to make. I also know that class structure apparently looks/feels a little different in the US vs the UK, which probably colors the viewpoint in a way I can't quite fully comprehend...

    Also, "tastes purple-grey"...I think I know exactly what you mean...

    1. I get the feeling that Whole Foods is trendy, but Waitrose is most definitely not. It's expensive, and has an air of poshness, but only an air, because the truly posh will go to Harrods or Fortnum & Mason.

      But for the local semi-posh, that can't make it to an expensive London shop, Waitrose is the place. It's where the "Duchy" brand of products from Charles III's Cornwall estates is sold, for example.

      I imagine there are probably independent local equivalents in the US, wherever wealth -- in particular elderly wealth -- coalesces.